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This Week in Ontario Edublogs

It’s summer time but the blogging doesn’t stop!  Here’s some of the things that caught my reading eye this week.

Storify: CaneLearn summit for K-12 Online & Blended Learning

This past week was the CANeLearn Summit in Toronto.  While I couldn’t be there, the next best thing is to keep an eye on those who were fortunate enough to go and share their learning.

Fortunately, Alanna King got to go and she created a Storify of the thoughts and sharing coming from the event.

Using Social Media as a Teaching Tool

I like how Kristen Wideen has shared her philosophy of using Social Media.  More than that, there’s a great message in the title of this post.  Social Media is not a pedagogy; as she notes, it’s a Teaching Tool.

It’s good teaching that makes all the difference in the world.  Social Media easily extends the reach beyond the classroom.  Read on to find out at least one benefit of being connected.

A few weeks ago we were working on writing a persuasive letter.  I wanted to make this an authentic task so as a class, we brainstormed a list of things that we could persuade our principal to buy or let us do.  My students agreed that they wanted to persuade our principal into buying us a bird feeder to put outside our observation window.  My students came up with the idea to post the letters on their blogs and then tweet them directly to our principal on Twitter.  Students tweeted their letters and got responses from not only the principal.  We received a bird feeder and birdseed on behalf of our Director of Education, a bird house that one of our students made and a humming bird feeder from my mom.

The classroom teacher will tell you that the bird feeder is chump change in the big scheme of things.  Read past the bird feeder to see the process followed and how social media facilitated the process.  That’s where the huge value lies.

Learning Something New

Angie Harrison describes nicely the process of inquiry to lead into this post.

Then, she turns the tables.  She wants to take on some personal learning – crocheting – using the same principles as in her classroom.  Where do you turn to learn in the 21st Century?  How do you learn?  Check out how she’s approaching things this summer.

Is Fear Good or Bad? “21st Century Learning” and #edtech Can’t Make Up Its Mind

Royan Lee takes on the concept of fear and addresses a couple of things that we seem to take as given…

He’s promised not to talk this way anymore.  In the post, he explains why…

I hope to follow up this discussion with Royan at the BringITTogether Conference.  By that time, he’ll be a few months into a new gig and will the opportunity to deal with this first hand.

I Dream Of Desks

So, Aviva Dunsiger got a chance to visit her new classroom for the fall and now she’s dreaming of desks.  The things that makes teachers old before their time!

In all my teaching career, I think the only time I fretted about desks was the one class of Grade 9 Mathematics that I taught.  I had 35 students packed into my room set for 24.  In the computer science classroom, sitting in one spot consistently just doesn’t happen after the first couple of days, and only then for attendance and learning names.

What I like about the picture that Aviva shared in the post is that she appears to have pretty close to a blank slate.  Once she gets through dreaming or nightmaring about things, she could make it anything that she wants.  More importantly, she can make it whatever works for her and her students.

I hope there’s a followup post coming so that we know how this story ends.

What a wonderful collection of sharing this week.  Thanks, Alanna, Kristen, Angie, Royan, and Aviva.  You’re really demonstrating how to keep the bar set high!

Check out these blog posts and more at the Ontario Edublogger Livebinder.

You Have About Five Seconds…

…to impress me.

I like to learn things.  Daily.

There’s a world of people connected, particularly on Twitter, to learn with.  It’s just a matter of connecting with them.  Unlike the thought in some corners, I don’t spend my entire day online.

But I like to use the time that I do spend online productively.  I value those who take the time to learn and share; share and learn.  I like the interactions.  I like the fact that Twitter will suggest people that I might want to learn with.  I also like the fact that I get notifications when someone new follows me.  For me, that’s all raw data just waiting to be analyzed.  That’s where the five seconds come in.

Now, I have been on interview teams and I’ve been interviewed for jobs many times myself.  I know the importance of making a first impression.  Why wouldn’t it apply here?

Here’s how I gauge that first impression in this media.

When I find a “person of potential interest”, I’ll nip over to their home page and check them out.

This is what I look for when I’m there…

  • Do they have a profile picture that would lead me to believe that they’re serious about this;
  • Have they posted anything recently?;
  • Is what they’re posting/sharing recently consistent with what I want to learn?;
  • Is what they’re posting/sharing recently totally inconsistent with what I want to learn but now I’m intrigued?;
  • Do they have an up-to-date blog?;
  • Are they an Ontario Educator?;
  • Do they look spammy?;

A quick Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, No passes the test.  They’re worthy of following.

Where do they go?  Once I found the joys of a multi-column Twitter browser, I was convinced.  Not everyone needs to go into the big mixing pot of followers.  I can make my life a whole lot easier by creating lists.

I recognize that this is hardly scientific.  But I don’t have the time for an hour-long formal interview!

Notice that I don’t care if they have hundreds and hundreds of posts.  Everyone has to start somewhere.

How do YOU determine whether or not to follow someone?

This Week in Ontario Edublogs

It was another week of inspirational reading from my friends / colleagues in Ontario who are sharing their learning and thinking via their blogs.  I can’t recall what I was reading but the question was posed “Should teachers blog or has it become too passé.  (Accent is mine – it was from a blog that clearly was English only…)  Anyway, I would submit that anyone who doesn’t see the value of teachers blogging just doesn’t get it.  Learning today is much more than waiting for the edict to arrive via a staff meeting or a memo.  I would expect that any job in education whether it be for a new teacher or any teacher aspiring for a position of added responsibility should include reference to the applicant’s blog where they openly and publicly reflect upon their practice.

Here’s some of the good stuff I read this week.

Project Based Learning: Don’t Start with a Question

I’ve said it before – I wish that I had met Peter Skillen a long time ago.  His thinking always pushes mine.  He’s not aware of any box so he can’t “think outside the box” – he just thinks – and shares.

I remember a conversation that he and I had once where he has expressed frustration with the pedagogues who implemented policy at the board level by attending a single presentation, asked the presenter for his slides, and off they went.  No deep thinking about the impact of implementation without understanding what’s going on.

In this post, Peter takes on a fresh look at the concept of PBL with a different approach to the project and then extends it to a flip.  It’s a very good read.  I’d suggest that you read it at least twice so that you don’t miss or misunderstand his message.

I shared it on Twitter and got some interesting responses, including a response from Craig Kemp…

which led me to a reflection of his own.

PBL in Mathematics – Creating a Board Game

How’s that for keeping the conversation going?

A screenshot away from your own perfect worksheet!

I added a new blog entry to the list of Ontario Edubloggers this week.  Svetlana Lupasco is an ESL teacher – I’m somehow attracted to ESL teachers – maybe it’s the respect of being able to communicate in a variety of languages?  Maybe because it’s got to be one of the toughest jobs in education?  Maybe because they’re the ultimate users of differentiation?

The title of the post made me a little wary until I saw the context – it wasn’t about filling 15 minutes doing mindless repetition, but rather respecting the adult learner and putting the learning in context.

I found myself nodding in agreement with the message of the post.  I find that I do the same sort of thing in blogging or document creation.  Perhaps my goal is different but I think that the technique and rationale makes a great deal of sense.

And, the resources for images is noteworthy too.  “My two favourite free open-source websites are and

Tapping It Up A Notch: Pool Noodles

First of all, the concept of “noodle” has to be an Essex County thing.  Everyone knows they’re called woggles.

I know that this is an older post, judging by the date, but it’s a great application and certainly something for students to think about as they head home or to the local public pool.

It’s a great, practical application that students are sure to relate to.

I had to do a little mathematics like that myself this spring, only mine extended the concept further.  As I took the winter cover off the pool, I was sickened to see that a branch had torn a hole in the cover and the lovely stuff that accumulates on top managed to make the pool look more like a swamp.

Now, my pool is round, so fortunately, the woggle would bend.  Then, I had to shock the pool which required being able to calculate the volume of water in the pool to determine how much shock to add.

Don’t ever, ever question the fact that mathematics is everywhere!

Independent Study Projects – Semester 2 2013/2014

Emily Fitzpatrick shares some of the work that sprung from ISUs in computer science classes.

This computer science teacher found the post so interesting.

At its simplest, computer science can be a discipline where you watch the teacher demonstrate code and then modify it a bit for their own solutions. 

However, you raise the ante when you ask the question “Why” and expect well thought through responses.  This was a pleasure for me to read.

Why Write? Is Anyone Reading It?

I can’t believe that there’s a blogger alive that hasn’t asked that question and probably never totally satisfied with the answers.  I would suggest that, while you may not blog and change the world, you can always blog your thoughts, reflections, and either get confirmation or challenge yourself while writing.  If you’re looking for a world of reflective practice, this is absolutely the place to do it.

I think that Sue Bruyns absolutely nails the essence of blogging for that purpose in her opening sentence.

“Strolling down memory lane” is your absolutely perfect, bullet-proof, technique to let you know exactly how much you’ve grown professionally.  I would challenge anyone to come up with a better way to demonstrate personal growth other than blogging and reflecting regularly.

I hope that this is a reflection at one point in time and that she continues to blog.  As a leader within a school district, it demonstrates the type of leadership that is open, transparent, and so needed in an educational world that can be so quirky at times.

The downside to writing “This Week in Ontario Edublogs” is that I have to force myself to stop or I never would. 

I hope that you’re curious enough to follow the links above and, when you get your fill, check out the big list of Ontario Edubloggers.  There is always some incredibly good reading there.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs

It’s Friday and a chance for me to share some of the great reads that caught my attention this week.

I wish that there was room for more but you can always check them out yourself.  Links below or check them out here.

Attending to Details: Visual Supports in the Classroom

Andrea Kerr nails another really important concept about learning.  In a recent post, she explored and shared her thoughts about visual supports.  In particular, she identifies five supports:

This really hit home with me this week.  I had an opportunity to clean out some old workshop notes.  There were a couple that I really remember and a couple that I can’t even remember being at.  The difference?  My notes and the handouts for the ones that I remember were riddled with visuals, doodles, and images.  The others were just text and I must have taken the notes on my computer because they were printed on a laser printer.  It put this reading into focus.

My thoughts on DRM: Digital Rights Management

I can clearly see both sides of the discussion about digital rights.

I guess the defining moment for me is the recognition of the logic behind it.  By applying DRM to a product, the vendor is considering you guilty until you prove otherwise by paying money.

Read Brandon Grasley’s thoughts about DRM at this post.

I am totally in support of his concluding thought…except I wouldn’t say sorry.

To the publishers reading this, though: I sometimes decided to not purchase a work because it was DRMed and not available in the ecosystem I live in. I didn’t want to download another app or create another account, so you didn’t get my dollars, neither did your author, and I enjoyed someone else’s book. If you hadn’t DRMed it, I would have bought it. Sorry.

Classroom Collective

There is no link to this actual post but there is a great image.  Go to the link above and scroll down.

Apparently, this is an iGuy for the iPad.

My inner child wants one.  Father’s Day is coming, kids.

School Dress Codes

Sheila Stewart reminds us that there is a consultation process dealing with school dress code.

The whole notion is really foreign to me.  Going to high school, I only had two pairs of pants and a few shirts.  When I was 16, I got a job at the town pool and got a really nice double blue shirt that I wore to death.

When I started teaching, Grade 9 night had a presentation from the vice-principal who had one of those presentations indicating that if clothing was inappropriate, the students had to pick an alternative outfit from the lost and found box.  I don’t ever recall it being an issue.

I know times change and certainly so has the clothing styles.

It seems to me that the one voice that’s missing is the student voice.  They can be the voice of financial reality and common sense if they could be included.  Why aren’t they?

I also wonder if the consultation process that Sheila talks about applies to schools where there is a uniform in place.  Is there a consultation there?

Learning From Miss Molly!

Not to be confused with @MzMollyTL!

Aviva Dunsiger has had a rough couple weeks but, in a post, introduces us to Molly.

I remember the days of water dishes dwarfing puppies…

Please Bring Your Anger to the Carpet

Debbie Axiak describes a very interesting classroom activity as her students explore their emotions.

Read on to see some examples and comments about student’s thoughts about their own anger.

Thanks for dropping by and enjoying some of the awesome things that happen regularly in Ontario Edublogs.  You can pick and choose from the entire collection here.

If you’re blogging and not listed there, please add yourself.  I’ve love to read your blog.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs

From a spammer this week…

I know this site gives quality based articles or reviews and other information, is there any other web site which gives these kinds
of data in quality?

Why yes.  Yes, there is.  They’re called Ontario Edubloggers.  If you had looked around, you might have found these blog posts this week.

Make it a Bestseller

Paul Cornies’ blog is always a source for morning inspiration with the quotes that he shares.

On Thursday, he posted a series of quotes and one of them should absolutely be on the walls of every classroom.

Student Scientists: Can you make a rainbow?

I want to be in this class!  Jocelyn Schmidt’s class had the tools and the inquiry desired to make a rainbow in their kindergarten class.  Read this post to see how they did it.

I feel so silly…I go the traditional route and wait for it to rain and then go outside hoping to find one.


In the search for the latest and greatest digital and electronic solutions to everything, mathematics is right in the midst.  Let’s not overlook the traditional games that help learn mathematics concepts.  Mary-Ann Fuduric shares how she uses traditional games like Yahtzee and others work with her students.

After all, games are all about probability, keeping score, patterns, …  Why wouldn’t you use them?

I’ve played them all!  Missing from the list is the wonderful game Mahjongg.

Teach Like A Designer

Andrea Kerr offers a thought provoking post about UDL and how technology can meld with the traditional to create an inclusive learning environment for all students.  To support her thesis, she’s included a pair of videos that really provide some insights.  It’s not a quick read, but I think it’s one well worth the time.

The ultimate goal is important…

The teacher can therefore plan and create a positive classroom environment, free of frustrations, bias, and exclusion.

Now, if our spammer friend would only take the time to look around, he/she/it would definitely be turned on by the thoughts of Ontario Edubloggers!

Check out these posts at the links provided and wander around the complete list.  The Livebinder is shared above but if you’d like the! version, click here.

Thanks so much for those who are blogging and sharing regularly.

Twitter Clients

Daily, I like to step back and look at the wisdom of the folks that I follow here on Twitter.  This morning, I was curious to know if my Twitter habits could be improved.

My Twitter client of choice, at present, is Hootsuite for desktop and Android and Twittelator for iPad.   I guess the number one reason is that runs in a browser so it doesn’t matter what I’m doing, it’s open in a tab.  In fact, it’s one of the default tabs on all my browsers.  

Twittelator is the go-to on my iPad.  It’s been a long-time friend there.

Just to confirm that there’s not something better, I took a look at what the folks I follow are using to get their message out.  Fortunately, Hootsuite makes it so easy since it lets you know what tool others are using.  

Looking around, I find my timeline filled with messages posted from the following:

  • Buffer
  • Twitter Ads
  • Hootsuite
  • Twuffer
  • Tweetbutton
  • Flipboard
  • Tweetdeck
  • Twitter for iPhone
  • iOS
  • Twitter for Windows
  • Twitter for iPad
  • Triberr
  • Twitter for Android
  • Sharedby
  • Dropbox
  • SocialFlow
  • Foursquare
  • Web
  • Twitter for Mac
  • Twitter for iOS
  • Tweetbot
  • Bitly
  • Twitter for Blackberry
  • Twitter for Windows Phone
  • Instagram
  • and then I got tired of looking…

Clearly, there is no consensus as to what folks are using.  Some share their thoughts and learnings from a Twitter client and others will just click on a link to share when they get to a resource.

The bottom line is that I see no compelling reason to change any of my habits.  The process did give me a renewed appreciation for those who share their learnings and their thoughts on a regular basis.  Together, we all become that much more informed and, potentially, that much smarter.

What more could you ask for?  It may be a confusing start for those just getting started but the results are worth it.

Think Like A Blogger

A couple of days ago, I read this fabulous article “How To Think Like A Writer“.  It was one of those wonderful articles that you need to read more than one and each time, it makes you think deeper about the topic.  I heartedly recommend that you read the article.  There are great points and elaborations on the points made.

A summary of the points appears here:

  1. Study the greats.
  2. Observe everything.
  3. Daydream.
  4. Write from your own truth.
  5. Make writing your top priority.
  6. Find your creative inspiration, wherever it may be.
  7. Know what you’re getting yourself into.
  8. Find space for solitude.
  9. Psychoanalyze yourself.
  10. Take it one day, or sentence, at a time.
  11. Compete against only yourself.
  12. Just do it.
  13. And do it with joy.

I can’t argue with any of the points or the explanations in the article.  I think that all bloggers need to read and think about these things.  If they made great writers great, they can certainly make a blogger better.  As we know though, blogging is a different media and some of the rules of the game are different.  To the list above, I would add the following for those who write to blog.

Thanks, Carolyn Coles, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

  1. Write for today.
    You’re not writing the next great bestseller.  Particularly if you’re blogging about technology, things change almost daily so you can’t wait to “get it right”.  Get it down and out reflecting your thoughts of the day.  Give yourself license to change you mind and change the blog post tomorrow if you find that things have changed.
  2. Make your writing manageable.
    You’re not writing the next great novel or a research report.  You’ve chosen a single topic on which to focus – focus on it and get to the point.  A rule of thumb says that you’ll lose readers if your post is more than two screens in length.  If you need more room than that, consider writing two posts.
  3. If appropriate, include a visual.
    If blog readers like it short, they also like a visual or two to break up the reading.  If you’re an educational blogger, consider student work.  If not, how about some creative commons content?  Or pictures you’ve taken yourself?  Or a screen capture?  Or insert a video?
  4. Think ahead.
    You’re always thinking, right?  Why not have a document on your computer (or in the cloud) of ideas that you’d like to write about someday.  Maybe an idea hit you while you’re watching your kids play baseball.  Or you’re walking the dog.  Or, you’re in the middle of writing a post and you’ve already thought of a followup.  I have a document in Evernote just filled of ideas that I think might be a good post for “someday”.  It sure beats sitting down and writing from scratch.
  5. Blog regularly.
    One thing that you’ll find about blog readers is that they’ll come to recognize your writing patterns and look forward to them.  Commit, via your blog, to posting weekly or bi-weekly or whatever your routine will be so that your followers know when to expect your next masterpiece.
  6. Advertise.
    The great authors mentioned in the original article didn’t have the advantage of Twitter, RSS, Google +, Facebook, eMail or any of the electronic social tools that we have.  They had to go the tradition route through a publisher.  You can make the world know that you’ve written something the instant that you publish it.
  7. Celebrate comments.
    The currency of the blogger is the comment.  Celebrate when someone leaves a comment.  Let the author know that they’re appreciated by responding to their comment.  The love/love relationship fuels the blog and further interactions.
  8. Be interesting, be yourself.
    You’re a unique person.  Therefore your blog should be as interesting and unique as you are.  The blogging world would be pretty darn boring if every blogger wrote the same way.
  9. Provide value to your readers.
    We do live in an “instant” world.  For the most part, visitors to your blog aren’t recreational readers!  They’re there because reading your blog enrichens their life or their profession.  You’re blogging for a reason – why wouldn’t that reason be to help others by sharing your thoughts or experiences?
  10. Read other blogs!
    You’re an honest person – you’re not out to steal content.  (You could reblog their post if you wanted to…)  Instead, read some of the great bloggers on the web.  I think that you’ll find that they have their own unique style; their blog has a unique look; they use graphics with a consistent level of appearance; they build their own audience.  There’s also nothing wrong with using the content from another blogger as a launchpad for a post of your own.  Agree and extend their premise.  Disagree (politely of course) with their premise and explain why your insights are better.  Your own blog will get better and gain respect because of it.
  11. Just be you
    You’re who you are. You have your values, likes, ideas, opinions, …  Why wouldn’t you leverage your blog to tell the world just who you are?

Bottom line – learn from the greats and make your online presence your own.  Your blog will become a labour of passion and you’ll become increasingly creative and reflective.  You can’t do much better than that.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs

I never tire of reading the great posts from people throughout the province.  This week is no exception.  Here, in case you missed it, are some of the wonderful posts that I enjoyed.  Not inclusive, but just in case you missed them.

Art & Integrity

Colleen Rose shared a reflection from an art lesson she had with her students.  I think this is just such an example of what can/should be done when teachers blog.  It’s a thought about what made the lesson special.  Those thoughts accumulate over time and make one a better teacher just for reflecting.  And, if it’s written in a blog, it’s there for good and for reference in the future.

The lesson was about artist Andy Goldsworthy (who I had never heard of before) and Colleen shares a YouTube video about “River and Tides”.  Some really interesting thinking happened on this end of the wire so many thanks, Colleen.

In particular, I really love this quote that she shared.

If we present nothing but perfection to our students, we are starving their creative spirit.

That’s really something to think about.

Reflections on #EdCampSault

Another of my favourite  Northern Ontario bloggers, Brandon Grasley, shared his thoughts about the organization and implementation of the first EdCamp in the Sault.  The first time for anything is always a challenge but it’s awesome that there were people to take that first step.  They’ll walk away with a whole bunch of “we won’t forget that next year”s and ideas for how to make it better.

But just remember that, if you don’t do the first one, you don’t get a chance to make it better.

Having organized a lot of professional learning events, the one thing that you have to remember – and it’s crucial – is to have good food.  Good food forgives a lot of oversights.

When I look at the picture of the dessert tray, I know that people walked away happy.  The real challenge will be making it happen again.  Best of luck for 2015

Looks like tech, feels like people: #tllp2014 & #tdsbgafe Part 1

Diana Maliszewski was dressed surprisingly conservatively for her participation in the Teacher Learning and Leadership Program.  The gathering was a chance to learn and share with other educators in from the TLLP program.  I’ve seen plenty of discussions about the TLLP program and it almost always evolves around the technology that goes into the program.

Diane was insightful enough to go beyond that and recognize that the success is also depending upon the people involved.

I think she absolutely nails it when she says:

However, what struck me most during the two and a half days was the importance of connecting with people.

I hope that the Ministry is listening to voices like Diana’s.  You can throw a lot of money at technology and the companies will take every penny that you’ve got.  But, if you’re going to be successful, you have to leverage the possible connections.  That has to be more than putting every teacher in the district in the same hall at the same time.  It has to involve small groups of like minded people who define and work toward reasonable goals with their projects.  Then, you need to make the learning sustainable and able to grow.  No more one and done.

Looks like tech, feels like people: #tllp2014 & #tdsbgafe Part 2

In a subsequent post, Diana shares her learnings from a Toronto District School Board Google event.

Once again, she does a nice job mixing people and technology as she saw it at the event.

In the post, she shares one takeaway from each of the sessions that she attends.

I had to smile as I read them – I often wonder what would happen at events like this if everyone shared one takeaway as an exit card.  Would all the takeaways be similar?  How could it be done in the most productive way possible?  As a presenter, you’d know the hits and misses for sure.

Getting Kids to Code

In Brian Aspinall’s blog, you’ll find this link.

Selection_181Brian’s collecting web resources designed to get kids coding as well as the actual application to make it happen.  You’ll want to bookmark this one.  (or tuck it away in Diigo / Delicious)

Again, another wonderful week of reading and sharing from Ontario Edubloggers.  Thanks to everyone who continues to blog for the purpose of public enlightenment.  Please take the time to visit the original posts at the links above or view the entire list of Ontario Edubloggers at this Livebinder.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs – To The Moon

Earlier this week, I had posted the Google Tribute to Teachers, just in time for Teacher Appreciation Day/Week.  It’s too bad that it’s limited to just a day or a week.  It should be an event that’s held everyday!  The big idea here was taking students “to the moon”.  In my post on the topic, I shared a specific “To the Moon” moment that I used to enjoy as a computer science teacher and I challenged any blogger who happened to read the post to share a moment of their own and leave me a note as to where I might find it.

There were four really good reflections and they were all from Ontario Educators.  Here they are, in the order that I found them.

My To the Moon Story
Jonathan So was the first off the mark and tells a story about social justice in his classroom.

I won’t spoil the whole story – go to Jonathan’s blog and read it.  You’ll feel that much better as a teacher for the things that you do.

To The Moon, But Sharing The Lead!

Aviva Dunsiger also shared her thoughts.  She questioned whether she should take the entire responsibility herself or if it’s shared with her students.

She shared a story about inquiry and the human body.

You’ve got to check out her blog to see how it all came together.  I can understand how the students went “to the moon” with that activity.

My “To The Moon” Moment

Roland Chidiac is honest.  He’s had a lot of “to the moon” moments.

What I thought was interesting was that he didn’t need to wait until Teacher Appreciation to blog about it.  He already had!

My “To The Moon with Google”

Tina Zita had a different take with her story.  She made it very personal about a career choice.


There’s a twist at the end of the story that resulted in tears.

Thanks, Jonathan, Aviva, Roland, and Tina for taking the challenge and sharing your thoughts with your readers.  I hope that you get a few more visits as people get curious as to how your story ends (or continues).

Check out Jonathan, Aviva, Roland and Tina’s blogs and all of the Ontario Edublogs from this Livebinder.

There’s always good reading to be had there.  I start my morning reading there every day.

Student Authored Digital Portfolios

Isn’t this a sign of the times?

That’s the bit of information that you’ll find attached to Kathy Cassidy’s newest iBook “Student Authored Portfolios: Archiving Learning with iPad“.

In the book, Kathy takes on the issues and technical side of things as she describes how Student Portfolios work in her classroom.

It’s a relatively short read (only 17 pages) but covers the topic in a way that makes it all reachable with technology.  While the title does make reference to the iPad, the techniques are certainly not restricted to that one piece of technology.

So often, there are blocks to successful implementation.  Kathy takes these on up front explaining how it works for her.

  • safety
  • tools
  • platform choice
  • photos
  • video
  • audio
  • drawing

They’re all nicely addressed within the various sections.

If you’re curious about using digital portfolios with your students, looking for ways to convince yourself and others, or looking for tips about how to make it work, it’s all covered in this book.

And it’s free.  Why not download it right now and add to your personal professional library?